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Breaking: Kate Baldwin & Bryce Pinkham Will Lead Tom Kitt's SUPERHERO at Second Stage; 40th Anniversary Season Announced!

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Breaking: Kate Baldwin & Bryce Pinkham Will Lead Tom Kitt's SUPERHERO at Second Stage; 40th Anniversary Season Announced!

Second Stage Theater (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director; Casey Reitz, Executive Director) will celebrate its 40th Anniversary season with a slate of productions throughout the 2018-19 season, including two World Premieres, plus an acclaimed favorite in their new Broadway home.

The 40th Anniversary season will kick off with the Broadway premiere of Young Jean Lee's STRAIGHT WHITE MEN, directed by Anna D. Shapiro and starring the previously announced Kate Bornstein, Josh Charles, Ty Defoe, Armie Hammer and Tom Skerritt. Previews begin June 29 and the production officially opens on July 23 at The Helen Hayes Theater on Broadway.

Productions at the Off-Broadway Tony Kiser Theater will commence in October 2018 with the World Premiere of DAYS OF RAGE, a new play by Tony Award winner Steven Levenson (Dear Evan Hansen), directed by Trip Cullman who staged the company's current Tony-nominated hit production of Kenneth Lonergan's Lobby Hero.

The season will continue in winter 2019 with the World Premiere musical, SUPERHERO, with a book by Tony Award winner John Logan (Red), music and lyrics by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), and direction by Tony Award nominee Jason Moore (Avenue Q). This new musical will feature Tony Award nominees Kate Baldwin (Hello, Dolly!), Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman's Guide...) and newcomer Kyle McArthur.

Summer 2019 will feature Christopher Shinn's Pulitzer Prize finalist, DYING CITY, in a new production from acclaimed director Lila Neugebauer (The Wolves), who will direct Second Stage's upcoming production of Tracy Letts' Mary Page Marlowe.

Additionally this fall, Second Stage's sold-out, wildly popular production of Harvey Fierstein's TORCH SONG, directed by Moise?s Kaufman and starring Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl, is moving to Broadway and will play at Second Stage's Broadway home, The Helen Hayes Theater.

A fourth production remains to be announced.

"I'm incredibly excited to celebrate our 40th Anniversary with a fantastic line-up of works that includes both world premieres and celebrated plays that deserve a second viewing," said Artistic Director Carole Rothman. "The world premiere productions include Steven Levenson's Days of Rage, which taps into a young and vital political impulse that I think is very important at this moment in our country, and it's in expert hands with Trip Cullman who steered Lobby Hero to renewed life on Broadway this spring. And a world premiere musical is always an event, but one that combines the talents of Tom Kitt, John Logan, and Jason Moore promises to be something truly remarkable; I can't wait for audiences to discover this fresh and emotionally powerful new musical. In 2019 we'll bring Christopher Shinn's acclaimed play, Dying City, back to New York for a well-deserved second viewing through the lens of the fearless young director Lila Neugebauer. All of this, plus the previously announced Broadway productions of Young Jean Lee's Straight White Men and Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song at the Hayes, promises to make our upcoming 40th season, both on and off Broadway, a highpoint of Second Stage's four decades of bringing American plays to life."

Subscriptions for these three productions are $255 and are available by calling the Second Stage Box Office at 212-246-4422 or visiting the company's website, www.2ST.com.


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